USDP rebels demand conference

Union Solidarity and Development Party’s central executive committee (CEC) members have asked party chairman Thein Sein to order an emergency party conference.

A total of 136 members said the party must hold at least one central committee meeting, according to its basic principles, suggesting it be held next month.

Wa rebels meet NLD in Panghsan

A United Wa State Army (UWSA) leader has confirmed that the group met National League for Democracy (NLD) representatives in Panghsan, northern Shan State, on April 28.

Xiao Ming Liang, vice-chairman of the UWSA in Panghsan, led the Wa delegation but the group refused to give further details. Win Htein, a central executive member of the NLD, said no one had been sent to meet the Wa but added that the party had many members.

MPs move to scrap junta security law

The Joint Bill Committee is planning to submit a bill to revoke the oppressive 1975 State Protection Law on May 2.

The bill was discussed by committee members, the attorney general and police officers in Nay Pyi Taw on April 28.

The Law to Safeguard the State Against Subversive Acts was enacted during the country’s so-called socialist era.

“It can restrict fundamental rights of the citizens. The law goes against the 2008 Constitution and a democratic system,” said Kyaw Soe Lin of the committee.

Shwe Mann hits back at USDP

More than half of the central executive committee (CEC) members elected by the Union Solidarity and Development Party signed a petition calling for an emergency conference to assess the legality of the party's expulsions of 17 members, according to Thura Shwe Mann, chair of the Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission.

Thura Shwe Mann criticises USDP purge

Thura Shwe Mann says he thinks the public and certain organisations, other party members, must decide whether his removal from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) was lawful or not. The former Union parliament speaker was ousted from the party along with 16 other party members on April 22.
He addressed the issue at the Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission meeting on April 25 in Nay Pyi Taw, according to his Facebook page.

Five Kayin parties to discuss merger

Officials from five Kayin parties will meet at the end of April to draft a policy for their integration plan, said Mann Aung Pyi Soe, vice chairperson of the Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party (PSDP) yesterday.
The two-day meeting will take place in Hpa-an, Kayin State, on April 29 and 30.
Mann Kyaw Nyein, general secretary of the Karen National Party, said: “The meeting will focus on drafting a policy.”
The meeting will be attended by the 10-member committee comprised of two persons from each involved party.